I am going through divorce in california, its almost 5 years that our financial settlement as well as child support(Now 12 years old kid) has not been discussed. Last 2-3 years me and my family (sibling and my parents) living together and we siblings ,are sharing rent and other household expenses 50/50 (sibling is also on the rental lease). Now we are about to start financial settlement as well as child support for last few years, and I approached attorney (which I am looking to hire and would probably represent me) and disclose my financials. Attorney ask about details of my siblings income who is sharing half rent and other household expenses. This sounds really inappropriate for asking someones income who is not part of the divorce. I can understand my sibling confirming about sharing half rent and household expenses , but my sibling disclosing her income details doesn’t make any sense and at the same time its invading my sibling confidential and private information .
what if my sibling do not want to disclose the income and refuse.
Look at Form Fl:150 Income & Expense Declaration page 3 which asks for who you live with and their income. If spousal support is an issue, your need is a factor the court would consider in making an order for support.
The information is important because the court will want to insure that you are not carrying the whole cost of the place alone or that your sibling is not doing the same. If your sibling has too little income to cover half as you claim, that is an issue. if your sibling is terribly wealthy, it calls into question how much you are actually paying. So unless there is some reason to hide this info, share it as requested. If your sibling refuses, you will have to simply provide a guess and a statement about that. it will make your process harder.
Remember, you are hiring a professional that knows the law and the job to do far better than you. Don't doubt that person without asking for an explanation first. It defeats the purpose of hiring that professional and all but insures you have a bad time.
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